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Private Papers update: Information Commissioner refuses to re-examine his decision on keeping political expenses secret

The saga of politicians, their expenses and whether they should be considered “private papers” has been rumbling on for almost two years now. Unfortunately, the battle to have the receipts and invoices of TDs and Senators made public has hit another brick wall and the Information Commissioner has said he will not reconsider his original decision. Despite what […]

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Keeping political expenses secret: what the government has to say

Subsequent to my last post about the controversial decision to keep secret the invoices and receipts submitted by TDs and Senators for repayment from the public purse, I submitted several questions to the Information Commissioner about the decision. I asked them firstly if they had raised the point with government that the new FOI Act now […]

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New FOI Act added “significant protection” from scrutiny for expense claims by TDs and Senators

Over a year ago now, I submitted an FOI request to the Houses of the Oireachtas as part of a project I was working on in the RTÉ Investigations Unit called No Expenses Spared. This FOI request was very specific, looking for copies of invoices and receipts submitted by the small group of TDs and […]

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